Your Child Needs a Good Slap

My children are 22 months apart in age and when they were small the health visitor suggested I burn all the advice books I had surrounded myself with. I was stressed out thinking that I wasn’t getting things right because the book ‘said so’.   A particularly memorable morning was when one of them had climbed on top of the table and wee-d and the other simultaneously missed getting to the potty and poohed on the floor.  I certainly don’t look back at this moment with great relish but do remember laughing and seeing the humour in the situation whilst … Continue reading Your Child Needs a Good Slap

Can we make the school run more fun?

School Run Fun!  Picture the following scene, is this a typical morning for you – The children are dressed,  bags are packed, stationery organised, homework complete and filed, healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten, everyone is laughing and talking with their cleaned shiny teeth, polished shoes are on, children are best friends and skip merrily into school, you are the happiest, connected, organised parent on the playground. For many parents we speak to this simply isn’t the case and that’s OK, the reality is somedays can be frantic and others fantastic. How can we set ourselves up for the day as we … Continue reading Can we make the school run more fun?

Journalling

On a recent long drive back from York I really enjoyed listening to a CD from the wise Jim Rohn on ‘Journaling’ When I was a child I kept diaries, reading them now they seem very dry and unemotional, maybe I was scared someone would read them. It wasn’t until my 20s that I started collecting quotes and writing more freely, and only in my 40s that I’ve felt more liberated to let it all hang out. Out in Africa, my son was given a  journal which he enjoys writing and winding down with at night. He loves it and … Continue reading Journalling

Fantastic – it’s nearly school run time!

Are you excited about getting back to school, will you be waking up on the day and leaping joyfully out of bed? Picture this scene, is this your family – The children are dressed,  bags are packed, stationery organised, homework complete and filed, healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten, everyone is laughing and talking with their cleaned shiny teeth, polished shoes are on, children are best friends and skip merrily into school, you are the happiest, connected parent on the playground. Imagine it now, feel it. Is this real life, can it really happen? I’m going to share a talk and … Continue reading Fantastic – it’s nearly school run time!